Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 72 – Kettlebell Snatch Personal Record

This week I set a new 5-minute snatch PR. My job now is to gradually increase both quantitative and qualitative measures of progress from week to week.

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This week finds me making continued and steady progress. Lately, I’ve especially been working on the more qualitative aspects of progression, such as less rest between sets, clean technique, and so on. One highlight was a new personal record in my kettlebell snatches – seventy reps with the 53lb kettlebell in under five minutes. Each week I’ll attempt to add gradually more and more reps without exceeding the five-minute mark.

The weekly cycle that you see here will remain constant for the most part, and my job now is to gradually increase both quantitative and qualitative measures of progress from week to week.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 6:30 PM

Bodyweight: 201.2 lbs

CAMBERED BAR SQUAT

Set 1: 65 lbs × 10

Set 2: 115 lbs × 5

Set 3: 155 lbs × 3

Set 4: 195 lbs × 3

Set 5: 195 lbs × 3

Set 6: 195 lbs × 3

Set 7: 195 lbs × 3

Set 8: 195 lbs × 3

Set 9: 195 lbs × 3

Set 10: 195 lbs × 3

Set 11: 195 lbs × 3

Notes: Speed day on squats. These were all done in under thirty minutes.

KETTLEBELL SNATCH

Set 1: 53 lbs × 70

Notes: New PR for five-minute snatch test! I did five sets of seven on each side.

BACK EXTENSIONS

Set 1: 130 lbs × 8

Set 2: 130 lbs × 8

Set 3: 130 lbs × 8

LEG EXTENSION

Set 1: 140 lbs × 8

Set 2: 140 lbs × 8

STANDING CALF RAISE (MACHINE)

Set 1: 90 lbs × 8

Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 6:30 PM

Bodyweight: 202.6 lbs

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 5

Set 4: 185 lbs × 2

Set 5: 200 lbs × 2

Set 6: 200 lbs × 2

Set 7: 200 lbs × 2

Set 8: 200 lbs × 2

Set 9: 200 lbs × 2

Set 10: 150 lbs × 15

TACTICAL PULL-UP

Set 1: 202.6 lbs × 1

Set 2: 202.6 lbs × 2

Set 3: 202.6 lbs × 3

Set 4: 202.6 lbs × 4

Set 5: 202.6 lbs × 5

Set 6: 206.2 lbs × 1

Set 7: 206.2 lbs × 2

Set 8: 206.2 lbs × 3

EZ BAR CURL

Set 1: 65 lbs × 10

Set 2: 65 lbs × 10

Set 3: 65 lbs × 10

Friday, January 3, 2014, 6:30 PM

Bodyweight: 203.2 lbs

1.5″ DEFICIT DEADLIFT

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 135 lbs × 3

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 225 lbs × 3

Set 5: 275 lbs × 1

Set 6: 315 lbs × 8

4″ BLOCK PULL

Set 1: 365 lbs × 3

Set 2: 365 lbs × 3

SWINGS

Set 1: 61 lbs × 25

Set 2: 61 lbs × 25

Set 3: 61 lbs × 25

Set 4: 61 lbs × 25

BARBELL HIP THRUST

Set 1: 315 lbs × 6

DUMBBELL SHRUG

Set 1: 130 lbs × 15

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 6:30 PM

Bodyweight: 201 lbs

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 100 lbs × 10

Set 2: 130 lbs × 10

Set 3: 160 lbs × 10

Set 4: 160 lbs × 10

Set 5: 160 lbs × 10

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 60 lbs × 10

Set 2: 70 lbs × 10

Set 3: 70 lbs × 10

SWINGS

Set 1: 61 lbs × 10